Karen Bruns is currently serving as an Agile Coach & Trainer for Covered California for the State of California.
Her previous State coaching engagements have included, California Medicaid Management Information System (CA-MMIS), and Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS). Karen's previous training events have hosted personnel from State of California Office of Systems Integration (OSI), California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS), Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), Child Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), Statewide Automated Welfare Systems (SAWS), Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), and Meds Modernization.
Karen is an Agile Evangelist, a Scrum Synergist, and a Fearless Transformational Leader. She is CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe Agilist (SA) and CAL1 certified, as well as being ICAgile Coach and Agile Team Facilitator certified.
Karen is an ICAgile Certified Instructor for ICP-AHR and ICP-ENT.
Perhaps her favorite certification though is that of Facilitator of Open Space Technologies. She serves on the Agile Open NorCal conference organizing team.
Additionally, Karen regularly serves on the organizing committee for Agile Games West.
She has served as a ScrumMaster, Mentor of ScrumMasters, Product Owner, Scrum Coach, Agile Coach, and Corporate Trainer of Agile Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile practices for multiple California government agencies.
Karen has a natural passion for Agile and the power of transformation the journey can hold. Transformation is not a destination; it truly is a journey. Karen is a practitioner of servant leadership, not servant beatership©.
An avid change agent, Karen has devoted her career to building cohesive teams through the inclusion of the Belbin Assessments and the Oz Principles of Accountability for her Scrum teams (see http://www.belbin.com/ and http://www.ozprinciple.com/services/accountability/).
Karen has succeeded in transforming teams and businesses into well-oiled Agile engines that purr. She has successfully coached managers and leadership to better understand their complimentary role within Agile.
She has developed a Building Organizational Culture© program that brings people together in an Open Space format to identify and declare what is most important to them.
Karen co-authored a white paper: Creating champion Scrum Teams and the accompanying Playbook for Creating Champion Scrum Teams One Team at a Time .
Karen has been a speaker at global Scrum gatherings for Scrum Alliance, Silicon Valley Agile Meetup, Sac Valley Agile Meetup, Bay Area Agile Leadership Network, Agile Games West, Open Space Forums, and Agile Camp in Dallas.
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